Every now and then, you may have to leave your dog with pet boarding, such as when you have to deal with an emergency or need to go out of town. But how do you tell which facility is right for your furry bud?
First of all, ask the staff to describe what a usual day is like for the dogs in their facility. The canines must be given enough opportunities to expend their excess energy. Ask them about the pets’ overnight routine as well.
Find a place that provides stress-busting amenities, such as a playground where the pets can exercise or engage in group play. No matter how great a facility is, dogs can still have difficulty coping with boarding, especially during the first few days.
Ask them whether the pets will be supervised by trained personnel during group play. To keep them safe from accidents and aggression, doggos must never be left to themselves.
Sanitation and Facility Size
It’s a must to choose a clean, disinfected facility so that your dog stays as healthy and happy as when you left him. This is one of the most important reasons to pick a place that is spacious enough to allow the free circulation of air. This will help prevent the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
Pick a facility that provides 24/7 care for the pets. Pets must never be left alone, whether they’re playing or not. Someone should always be there, especially if there’s an emergency.
Make sure to choose a facility whose staff is well-trained and experienced in animal care. If they understand dogs and know how to take care of them, they will be able to respond to issues in the best manner.
If you have a very active and social dog, pick a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs, such as in parks or on the street. Speak to the staff about your pet’s personality, and if he’s more comfortable alone or with fewer people around, tell them that too. Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your dog has to feel miserable.
Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness
Ask the staff about general emergency preparedness, including the policies they follow in emergency situations. Additionally, you’d like to know which animal hospital they often take the pets to when needed.
If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that condition. Lastly and very importantly, ask them if they are ready to respond to an emergency and whether a veterinarian will be on board 24/7.